Fall Through Spring
A Winter Ball Novel
As far as Clay Carpenter is concerned, his abusive relationship with food is the best thing he’s got going. When a good friend starts kicking his ass into gear, Clay is forced to reexamine everything he learned about food and love—and that’s right when he meets troubled graduate student, Dane Hayes.
Dane Hayes doesn’t do the whole monogamy thing, but...more
It took me ages to get through this book: eight days to be exact, which is unheard of in my reading world. This isn't a very long book, either, but for some reason it dragged for me. Why? I'm not sure, but I'll try to muddle through an explanation:
I love Amy Lane, and that is no secret, but sometimes her stories sink under the weight of all that angst. This was the case here.
Clay (Carpenter) has an eating disorder (compulsive overeating), which is most definitely a thing. Clay can never ...more
You know how sometimes you feel like you'll just die if you don't get a follow-up story for a previous side character? And sometimes, you just... don't?
Well, this was kinda the latter for me.
In the previous books, Clay seemed like a nice enough guy, but he was sort of the green bean casserole at Thanksgiving dinner for me. Sure, he was 'there', but he didn't end up taking up much space on my interest plate.
However, as this story began, I didn't actually like him very much. He was unhappy, ate ...more
But Fall Through Spring, which I was ridiculously excited to read, was an emotionally exhausting read without the emotional payout in hurt/comfort Amy Lane usually provides.
For me, it was missing so much of the humor and underlying hope, or je ne sais quoi, that ...more
However, even though this was their book, I felt like there was still so much focus on Mason and Terry and there were SO many hurdles that they had to get through, it was a bit of a struggle to get to that HEA. It's like, what I imagined their story ...more
Talk about angst...on top of angst!
I think I read in Amy’s blurb, or somewhere, “everyone deserves to be loved” and OMG, never a truer statement has been made! These characters make you love them, want to strangle them and even shed tears for them..
Such an emotional roller coaster of emotions!
I was quite looking forward to reading about main characters with bipolar disorder and overeating/weight issues. I have close family members with both conditions and I think Amy did a very good job portraying ...more
These two ABSOLUTELY deserve to have a happy ending, and obviously they do get that in this book. But they have to earn it first.
Clay Carpenter has been ...more
Dane lives with Bi Polar disorder and anxiety, relying heavily upon his family for reminders to eat, take his medication and to support him when he’s in a downward spiral of depression, verbal and physical outbursts. He’s now living with his brother and started back at college ...more
Ok, so for starters, if you HAVEN'T read Winter Ball and Summer Lessons yet, do that FIRST.
For those of you who have already read those 2 books, you know how Dane and Mason came to meet all the guys, and how ALL their lives are entwined. You also know how Summer Lessons had the side story of what all was going on with Dane and Clay Carpenter. So THIS book revisits ALL of that, but this time through both Danes perception, and through Carpenters. Which means the book ISN'T a ...more
Clay is a person we can all relate ...more
I was concerned about the angst level after reading some of the other reviews (Amy Lane has the ability to rip me to shreds), but I DIDN'T feel that same angst. It may be because I'm a mixture of BOTH Clay and Dane, so none of what they were ...more
Dane and Carpenter are really damn sweet when they got it. The friendship to relationship was a believable journey. I was hoping for brief touches at things that happened in the previous book but from their perspective. I was bit surprised ...more
There is some mild angst, but it's very well dealt with.
Clay has had issues with his weight for quite a while and is determined to finally do something about it.
Dane has his own problem dealing with his Bipolar disorder which is why he feels as though he's too much trouble for someone to invest in as a partner.
They both have let their insecurities and self-doubts color their self perceptions.
What begins as a ...more
I loved coming back to this world. Seeing what happened to Dane through his eyes and Clay’s was heartbreaking. Amy takes mental illness and puts a human face on it. We can see it in both Clay and Dane. She treats it carefully and makes you think and still you root for both men.
I loved this book so so much. Her writing is ...more
The story was, as always, emotionally satisfying and expertly told, with great dollops of humor. I always end up wanting to take Amy's characters home and pet them and give them tea and cookies, and this was no exception. I ...more
Dane has some mental issues and Clay has some food issues. They help each other. They grow together. They are awesome and they have such a great support system. Dane worries that he is a burden, but he isn't. Clay worries that he is fat, but Dane loves him no matter what size he is.
This romance is a slow burn and it totally needs to be. It's a wonderful story everyone ...more
Mental illness is always tough to read.
Dane is bipolar and Clay has issues, but together the hold each other up. There were some really sweet parts interspersed with the relatively light angst. I liked seeing the rest of the gang as well as get Dane and Clay’s interpretation of Mason and Terry’s story. I thought the sensitive subjects were handled well and I really felt the couples connection. Definitely a good addition to the series.